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Strelia is based in the heart of Europe, with head offices in Brussels and Luxembourg. We focus on general corporate law, commercial matters, and dispute resolution. We advise clients on M&A, Private Equity, Corporate Finance, Capital markets, Commercial Agreements, Restructuring and Insolvency, Tax, Employment and Benefits and Dispute Resolution in those areas.

Our level of service and high quality of work match the standards of international firms, but we never compromise our commitment and flexibility towards our clients, our responsiveness and our cost-effectiveness, which are the traits of a boutique firm.

We undertake local and cross-border work for our clients, and we have strong ties with foreign law firms in all communities across the globe.

We consider ourselves to be deal makers and problem solvers who practice excellence in everything we do. We fiercely defend our clients’ interests in all types of matters—transactional and contentious legal work. For us, great lawyers should possess more than excellent legal expertise and experience. They should also have good common sense (which is often forgotten when dealing with matters of law) and strong business acumen.

We truly believe that building and keeping a solid relationship of trust with our clients and their businesses is a central pillar of our client servicing, and we happily invest in achieving a better understanding of their needs and circumstances.

We concentrate on what we do best and how we can bring real added value to our clients. And whenever necessary, we join forces with experts in specialist areas to create appropriately sized multidisciplinary teams to ensure efficient and quality advice.

Our aim is to be the preferred corporate and litigation law firm for Belgian and international companies.

Our Core Values

We are guided by these values (not in any particular order) in everything we do, and we instil them in all our lawyers and staff members.

Excellent

We define excellence to mean delivering high quality work, being innovative, and providing cost-effective solutions to our clients in an efficient manner.

Teamwork

We are a team, both among ourselves at the firm and together with the client and the other persons who are called to be part of the team to defend our client’s interests.

Client Dedication

All our lawyers and staff really care about our clients. We therefore dedicate our time and efforts in helping them to achieve their business objectives.

Respect For Others

We treat everyone with kindness, respect, and acceptance, inside and outside our firm.

History

Strelia was founded on 1 January 2013 by a handful of experienced partners from international firms who were accompanied by their associates.

They were enthusiastic about continuing the delivery of the same range and quality of services to the same category of clients but in a way in which the clients (and their interests) and the well-being of the lawyers at the firm would be at the centre of everything they do. Throughout the years, other lawyers who share the same vision joined Strelia also.

The name “Strelia” is inspired by the Spanish and Portuguese word for star: “estrel(l)a”. One of the characteristics of stars is that they give light in the dark, and we consider ourselves to serve a similar purpose as that of the stars: to enlighten and guide our clients using our insight and expertise to advise them on all legal aspects of their transactions and disputes, however complex they may be.

International Outlook

From our base in the centre of Europe, in Belgium and Luxembourg, we have an international approach as a law firm.

This stems from the fact that most of our partners have worked in international firms before founding or joining Strelia. In jurisdictions other than our own, we work with like-minded firms, i.e., those that hold the same values as ours and that deliver the same level of quality in their work and client servicing, with which we have established strong relationships over the years.

We are keen to remain fully independent and to not be a member of any law firm alliance. This allows us to be at liberty to call on any law firm that is best placed to assist our client efficiently, whether our selection is based on expertise, sector knowledge, budgetary requirements, etc.

This flexibility, among other efficient ways of working, has allowed Strelia to be awarded Referral Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyers Awards in London in 2015.

Strelia recognises and values the importance of being different. We believe that each individual’s unique set of talents, skills, social backgrounds, culture, personal characteristics, and their differences in gender, beliefs, sexual orientation, and nationalities contribute to creating a stronger workforce and a better law firm. We therefore take diversity seriously and continue our pursuit of being a diverse and inclusive firm. Our lawyers and staff have various ethnic backgrounds, and we stand by this commitment of inclusion.

Strelia promotes gender diversity by organizing the Women in Law and Leadership program every year, inspiring female associates of Belgian law firms to take on leadership roles and coaching them on how to advance in their careers.

Early 2019, Strelia joined the Belgium-based Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA). LDIA member firms affirm their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, exchanging good practices on diversity and inclusion, and raising awareness of non-discrimination and diversity issues by combining efforts in organising events, workshops, and training.

Strelia is also a proud sponsor of DIApositief, which stands for “diverse and inclusive law profession” (in English). DIApositief is an initiative of the Dutch-speaking Brussels Bar whose mission is to raise awareness about the legal profession among young migrants and to aspire them to pursue their studies and career in law.

Furthermore, we actively support community engagement initiatives including fundraising for them. We do this through our lawyers and staff’s voluntary fundraising for several charities. This includes their participation in the annual Legal Run, which groups runners from numerous local and international law firms in Brussels who join forces by seeking financial sponsorship to run 20km through Brussels to raise funds for a local charity of their choosing every year.

We are aware of being privileged, so we are committed to giving back to the community. Our pro bono program allows our lawyers to apply their skills by assisting individuals and organisations who do not have the financial resources required for obtaining such legal assistance. We encourage our lawyers to dedicate themselves to helping those in need and improving the community by selecting their own pro bono work.

If you have a project that might be eligible for the Strelia Pro Bono program, feel free to contact us.

Main Contacts
Gaetano Jannone

Counsel

Contact

Strelia recognises and values the importance of being different. We believe that each individual’s unique set of talents, skills, social backgrounds, culture, personal characteristics, and their differences in gender, beliefs, sexual orientation, and nationalities contribute to creating a stronger workforce and a better law firm. We therefore take diversity seriously and continue our pursuit of being a diverse and inclusive firm. Our lawyers and staff have various ethnic backgrounds, and we stand by this commitment of inclusion.

Strelia promotes gender diversity by organizing the Women in Law and Leadership program every year, inspiring female associates of Belgian law firms to take on leadership roles and coaching them on how to advance in their careers.

Early 2019, Strelia joined the Belgium-based Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA). LDIA member firms affirm their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, exchanging good practices on diversity and inclusion, and raising awareness of non-discrimination and diversity issues by combining efforts in organising events, workshops, and training.

Strelia is also a proud sponsor of DIApositief, which stands for “diverse and inclusive law profession” (in English). DIApositief is an initiative of the Dutch-speaking Brussels Bar whose mission is to raise awareness about the legal profession among young migrants and to aspire them to pursue their studies and career in law.

Furthermore, we actively support community engagement initiatives including fundraising for them. We do this through our lawyers and staff’s voluntary fundraising for several charities. This includes their participation in the annual Legal Run, which groups runners from numerous local and international law firms in Brussels who join forces by seeking financial sponsorship to run 20km through Brussels to raise funds for a local charity of their choosing every year.

We are aware of being privileged, so we are committed to giving back to the community. Our pro bono program allows our lawyers to apply their skills by assisting individuals and organisations who do not have the financial resources required for obtaining such legal assistance. We encourage our lawyers to dedicate themselves to helping those in need and improving the community by selecting their own pro bono work.

If you have a project that might be eligible for the Strelia Pro Bono program, feel free to contact us.

Main Contacts
Gaetano Jannone

Counsel

Contact